Forked River, NJ
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Forked River is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,352 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forked River is the 311th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns, Forked River isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Forked River are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forked River is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forked River who work in office and administrative support (14.03%), teaching (11.21%), and sales jobs (10.38%).

Because of many things, Forked River is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Forked River really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Forked River perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Forked River is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Forked River, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.09 minutes every day commuting to work.

The percentage of people in Forked River who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.91% of adults in Forked River have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forked River in 2010 was $34,855, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,420 for a family of four. However, Forked River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Forked River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forked River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forked River include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Forked River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.